#83 - one night in vientienne

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BRIAN!!! can't believe i ran into him here! And AJ. :)

I took the 10am bus from Vang Vieng to Vientienne....it was funny, I booked the VIP bus - but turned out that there weren't enough people for the VIP bus to go, so they put me on a mini-van.  At first, I was not pleased by this.  I was looking forward to the more open space of the bus, instead of being jammed into a van with 13 others.  BUT - it ended up being great.  The ride was not that bad & it actually got us to Vientienne faster than the VIP bus would have.

I headed off to my hotel - the Malou Namphur (I think that's right) & got myself settled in.  Then, the FUNNIEST thing happened.  I decided to head out to explore since I only had today & tomorrow morning in Vientienne & when I walked into the hotel lobby.

Lunch on the Mekong with Brian, Maz & AJ.
...guess who was sitting there?!?  BRIAN from Luang Prabang.  It was SOOOOOOOOO cool to see him again!  :)  He had been traveling with a new friend of his, AJ, AND he knew a local woman, Maz - so she was showing them around town.  Next thing you know, I'm off with all of them in a car to some market.  SO. COOL.  :)  Brian and I had a great time reconnecting & AJ was HILARIOUS - seriously stand-up comedian material - so it was so much fun to get to hang out with all of them!!!

After our trip to the market, we stopped at a restaurant on the Mekong for some snacks and LEMON JUICE.  YUMMMMMM!  It was so refreshing & delicious I can't even do it justice.

That's the Mekong & how low the tide was!
  We had some great converstaion, some yummy snacks & then we had all agreed to meet up for dinner later in the evening.  They all went back to the hotel, and I went to get my last massage in Lao (do you notice a theme here?)   I went to this very fancy schancy place & then I realized that I really did not have enough kip to last me for the massage, dinner & getting to the airport the next day!  BUMMER.  SO - I figured out that I could afford a foot massage - so that's what I did.  As I was getting the massage - the weather took a major turn.  The wind started picking up like crazy & it was clear that there was going to be a HUGE rain storm.   It was nuts - RIGHT when I finished with my massage & started walking back, the rain started to come - and MAN, the lightening in the background was INTENSE.
Last day in Vientiene....getting in my tuk tuk to take me to the airport!
  I started running back to the hotel.  A tuk tuk pulled over to give me a ride - but I got a bit nervous since it was covered in water & it was all metal.  Just didn't seem like the smartest thing to do in a lightening storm.  SO, I continued to run.  As I was running I even had people shouting at me to be careful.  I was actually a bit scared - it sounds funny to write about now - but it was like I saw the headline, "Girl about to go volunteer in Vietnam gets struck by lightening on her last night in Laos".  ANYWAY - I did end up eventually taking a tuk tuk - one that was made of wood & didn't have as much water inside & made it back to the hotel in one piece.  After I got back, the rain got EVEN harder.  I haven't seen a rain storm like that in SO long!  It was NUTS!!!!

So, after the rain died down, I met up with Maz, AJ & Brian as we agreed.  Another friend of Maz's was there - this guy named Steve.  He is from New York, but has been living in Laos for the past 5 years.   Such a cool guy AND if you own a Lonely Planet for Laos, he's actually in there as a contribuing author.  Very cool stuff.

It turned out to be a great last day in Laos & I still can't believe I ran into Brian again!! What a TREAT!  :)

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BRIAN!!!  cant believe i ran into…
BRIAN!!! can't believe i ran int…
Lunch on the Mekong with Brian, Ma…
Lunch on the Mekong with Brian, M…
Thats the Mekong & how low the ti…
That's the Mekong & how low the t…
Last day in Vientiene....getting i…
Last day in Vientiene....getting …
AJ & i bought some seaweed.  we we…
AJ & i bought some seaweed. we w…
AJ & me trying our second snack...…
AJ & me trying our second snack..…
Brian in the market!
Brian in the market!
AJ, working it with Mazs car!
AJ, working it with Maz's car!
shots of Vientiene
shots of Vientiene
monks walking with umbrellas in vi…
monks walking with umbrellas in v…
love the fat buddha
love the fat buddha
a closer shot of the big buddhas …
a closer shot of the big buddha's…
baskets for sale, just thought it …
baskets for sale, just thought it…
this wat has the most buddha image…
this wat has the most buddha imag…
famous statue....cant remember wh…
famous statue....can't remember w…
me with the famous statue.
me with the famous statue.
more of the monks...love these pics
more of the monks...love these pics
AJ & Brian as we were all leaving …
AJ & Brian as we were all leaving…
Maz, saying goodbye!
Maz, saying goodbye!
My cab driver.  :)
My cab driver. :)
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